Things To Do

There is so much to see, do and enjoy in the area you'll never run out of activities no matter what time of year you visit. If you need help customizing your experience, let us know and we can help you plan the trip of a lifetime, a special celebration or a weekend getaway.


No trip to Galveston Island is complete without visiting the Historic Downtown District. Once known as the “Wall Street of the Southwest”, Galveston’s famed avenue, The Strand, anchors the historic downtown.

The charming Victorian-era buildings of the Historic Downtown District beckon visitors with their ornate iron balconies. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its outstanding collection of 19th century architecture, today The Strand is the heart of a vibrant downtown and waterfront offering shopping, dining, museums, entertainment, accommodations, and nightlife.

Besides The Strand, the Historic Downtown District encompasses other distinct areas, each with their own appeal Pier 21, Postoffice Street, and West Market. It also hosts some of Galveston’s biggest festivals and events.

Wear your walking shoes because the 70+block Historic Downtown has much more to offer beyond The Strand, and it’s all within walking distance.

Tours & Historic Markers

Historic Downtown District